The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 26, 2002


At two contentious public hearings on the transfer of AT&T Broadband's cable license to AT&T Comcast Corporation, selectmen, members of the Carlisle Cable Communications Advisory Committee and frustrated citizens pummeled AT&T personnel on the schedule of promised upgrades to Carlisle's cable service. AT&T attempted to steer the discussion away from past performance by noting that approval of the license transfer should rest solely on an evaluation of "the cable expertise and resources of the combined entity." ...more

As the Carlisle Board of Selectmen continued to struggle with how to resolve potential differences with the Town of Concord over the Concord-Carlisle Regional School District FY03 budget, Concord voters, the state department of revenue (DOR), and Carlisle town counsel each added to the complications of an already confusing array of possible outcomes. ...more

John Spidell, Carlisle's new administrative assessor, has only been on the job for just over a week, but already he is a man with a mission. One of his biggest goals in this new position is to educate Carlisleans about the assessment process to demystify how his office arrives at our property assessments. John officially describes the job of the assessor's office as "maintaining records on real and personal property," and unofficially as "keeping updates on the worth of property." He also has a sense of humor. When asked if there is a consistent formula for figuring the value of a house, he deadpans, "Darts." ...more

In November 2001 Carlisle passed a law that would allow police to fine bicyclists who break the law up to $20. So what behaviors are ticketable? In Massachusetts, bicycles are required to follow the same rules as motorists, (see "bicyclists vs. motorists..." on page 6) and therefore can be fined for breaking these same rules. Ticketable behavior includes, but is not limited to: ...more

About half a dozen townspeople listened on April 17 while the community preservation committee (CPC) grappled with Warrant articles which propose cuts to the community preservation act (CPA) tax surcharge. ...more

Spring is here and with it the annual rites of the season ­ flowers bloom, mosquitoes flock to our yards, peepers provide evening serenades and bicyclists again take to the roads of Carlisle and surrounding communities. As with man and the mosquito, there is tension between bicyclist and motorist as they share the winding and often narrow roads of our community. ...more

It was back-to-school night on April 11 for MAGIC representatives when members of Metropolitan Planning Office's (MPO) Central Transportation Planning Staff (CTPS) presented a panel billed as "Transportation 101" at MAGIC's regular April meeting in Stow. Their presentation was intended to clarify transportation acronyms (one existing glossary of transportation acronyms is 14 pages long) of documents, agencies, timetables, and procedures. ...more

· Banta-Davis road improvement. Mark Spears of the Recreation Commissions requested permission to spend money originally budgeted for extension of the paved portion of the road to the Banta-Davis ballfield and insertion of two speed bumps. Currently dust from the road is interfering with baseball games and children are endangered by excessive speed. The selectmen approved $9,000 with construction to be completed in time for baseball to begin the week after school vacation. ...more

A delightful alignment of the planets offers the opportunity to observe the six brightest planets in the evening sky just after dusk during the early part of May (Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto are not visible). Later in the month the moon makes a sweep through the planetary field. ...more

If you are one of the many dog walkers who have enjoyed a ramble with your dog along the trails of Great Brook Farm State Park, be aware. The park, which is one of the few state parks that allows off-leash dogs on the premises, is considering severely restricting off-leash privileges. ...more

It's that time of year again, when the spring peepers start singing, the wood frogs begin quacking and salamanders start migrating. Yes, it's vernal pool season! So grab your boots and net and follow the sound of the wood frog chorus to your nearest vernal pool. ...more

Is race a non-issue in Carlisle? Only three of fifteen enrolled Millennium Discussion Program members in the Ends of Civilization program hosted at the Gleason Library showed up on April 16 to discuss the scheduled topic of racial integration. While those with young children may have traveled during the school vacation, the majority of the members must have had other reasons for failing to attend. ...more

After losing their first game in the final minute against Billerica (0-1), the CC Spirit Girls U12 Division 1 team rallied and took on North Reading on Saturday, April 13. North Reading arrived with only seven capable players. As a show of sportsmanship and to demonstrate that they can play with anyone in their division, the CC Spirit team played with relatively equal numbers and had four substitutes on the sideline. North Reading hustled hard and showed their ability in strong passing and keeping the ball away from CC players. With Carolyn Brown in net and defenders Alli Kustin, Mary Beth Gregoritch, Dani Searls, Molly Johnson and Emily Beinecke, all attempts on net were fended off. The first half ended 0-0. ...more

Playing against big, experienced Wilmington, C-C showed great heart in their second game on the big field. Remy Ferber in goal was under fire repeatedly in the first half, but kept C-C in the game with spectacular saves along with booming punts that started the offense. The fans were chanting, "Rem-Y, Rem-Y!". Gayle Miner showed some fancy footwork in getting by a charging opponent and bringing the ball up the field. Freckle-twins Courtney McCauley and Megan Searles have become a great defensive tandem, backing each other up and moving aggressively upfield. Searles had a crafty moment when she faked missing a kick, let the ball roll out of bounds off Wilmington, and picked it up quickly for the throw-in. ...more

Town Hall, 7:30 p.m.

7:30 Minutes ...more

2002 The Carlisle Mosquito